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Anti-Hunger Champion Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dies

Frank_Lautenberg,_official_portrait,_resizeWe are deeply saddened by the passing of five-term New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family, staff, and our Bread for the World members in his home state. 

Sen. Lautenberg passed away this morning at the age of 89.

During his service in Congress, Lautenberg served on critical committees with jurisdiction over policies that affect poor and hungry people. In 2007, he authored a bipartisan amendment with Sen. Richard Lugar that would have reformed the farm bill and increased investment in nutrition programs. More recently, we are grateful for the senator’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable, as displayed during his floor vote in support of the Gillibrand amendment to the 2012 farm bill—an amendment that would have restored a $4.1 billion cut in SNAP funding included in the Senate bill.

The late senator also served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he was a member of the State Foreign Operations Subcommittee. 

Photo: Sen. Lautenberg’s official senate portrait.


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